Leisure activities

Ice fishing on Oeschinen Lake at the Jungfrau-Aletsch Unesco World Heritage Site

Try your luck on the frozen Oeschinen Lake – a different kind of fishing experience!

The mountain lake above Kandersteg in the Bernese Oberland lies in a hollow at an altitude of almost 1600 metres. Because it is surrounded on three sides by high mountains, it gets icy cold here in winter. The lake is covered by an ice layer 30–50 centimetres thick in winter. Ice fishing is possible on the lake from 1 January to around mid-March.

With the RegioExpress you travel from Bern directly to Kandersteg. You can reach Lake Oeschinen from the mountain station of the Oeschinensee gondola lift on foot in 25 minutes.

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Ice fishing

Ice fishing is possible from approx. 1 January until mid-March.
The last descent is at 5 pm. All ice fishers must then descend into the valley.

Provided the lake is accessible.
The thickness of the ice and the avalanche situation are monitored. Pay attention to the information signs at the mountain railway stations and at the Oeschinensee restaurant! They indicate whether and where it is possible to walk on the lake. Access at all times is at your own risk.

Info line: Tel. 033 552 18 04

Gondola lift operating hours

23 December 2022 to 19 March 2023
09.00–17.00 hours (last descent at 17.00)


Ice fishing day ticket

  • CHF 32.00 Adults
  • CHF 20.00 Adolescents up to 16 years
  • CHF 26.00 Trainees up to 25 years

Ice fishing day tickets can be purchased in the restaurants at Oeschinen Lake.

Prices in CHF incl. VAT / Prices and products subject to alteration

Gondola cableway

  • CHF 30.00 Adults return
  • CHF 15.00 Adults Half-Fare travelcard, GA travelcard, SwissPass return
  • CHF 15.00 Children return

Ice fishing day tickets can be purchased in the restaurants at Oeschinen Lake.

Prices in CHF incl. VAT / Prices and products subject to alteration

Fishing items and ice drills

No equipment such as drills or rods are rented or sold at Lake Oeschinen - please bring all necessary utensils with you.

In Kandersteg, auger and rods can be rented by advance reservation:

Bernhard Lauber, Innere Dorfstrasse 88, 3718 Kandersteg
Tel.: +41 (0) 79 282 14 67 (18.30–20.00)

BLS suggestion

Magic Blue Adventure Pass – 1 ticket, 2 lifts

You can enjoy twice as much fun in the snow with the Magic Blue Adventure Pass. This includes two return journeys by cable car to Lake Oeschinen and to the Gemmi Pass on Sunnbüel.

Plan journey

Travel by train to Kandersteg. From Kandersteg station you can take the local bus or walk (10-15 minutes) to the Oeschinensee cable car station.

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